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No Upset Seen for Osina in Queens Council Race


Thoughts of an upset win by Pesach Osina in the special City Council election in southeastern Queens appear to have been dashed with the announcement by the Board of Elections that his opponent, Donovan Richards, has widened his lead from 26 to 80 votes.

Special Council Race Sees Apparent Upset By Jewish Candidate In Queens

Jews vote.

That axiom was never truer than in Tuesday’s little noticed special election for city council in southeast Queens. An Orthodox Jewish candidate running in a field that featured seven black candidates may have emerged the surprise winner.

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In the last few days there has been a steady stream of news reports saying that an Israeli Jew claimed responsibility for the incendiary anti-Moslem movie said to have touched off rioting in several Arab nations.

Bishop's Bar Mitzvah Blunder

This is the story of Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton, L.I.) and the bar mitzvah favor that he may already be regretting.

First, let’s be clear. It’s election time and Bishop again finds himself in a race for his political life.

The man seeking to unseat him is Republican Randy Altschuler, who lost two years ago by just 593 votes. This year’s race is expected to be equally close. As a result, any perceived misstep is going to be magnified.

Rep. Tim Bishop

Eruv Battle In The Hamptons: No Strings Attached

The legal fight in the Hamptons ­ -- largely among Jews -- ­ over the erection of an eruv continues for the fourth straight year with the filing July 30 of another suit.

This one seeks to prevent the Long Island Power Authority from permitting use of its utility poles for the demarcation of the eruv, a ritual boundary within which observant Jews may carry items from a private to a public area on the Sabbath.

Poles Apart: Opponents square off over use of LIPA equipment.

The Power of Jonas Salk And William Shatner: A Pakistani View Of Jews

An opinion piece in the Malaysia Chronicle by Dr. Farrukh Saleem, a freelance journalist from Islamabad, Pakistan, caught our eye because of its ominous headline: “Why are Jews So Powerful?”

But far from being another anti-Semitic diatribe, Saleem tries to stick to these facts: there are 14 million Jews in the world -- one  Jew for every 100 Muslims – “yet Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together.”

Education made Jewish celebrities successful, wrote Dr. Farrukh Saleeem.

AC/DC In Iran, And Other News You May Have Missed

While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted last week that another 1,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges had gone on line, the cyberwar attempt to scuttle Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb continues with a new computer worm causing havoc.

An Iranian nuclear scientist has reportedly sent e-mails complaining that computers at the Natanz and Fordo nuclear plants began playing the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full volume during the middle of the night.

News You May Have Missed

Every now and then we hear stories about young people drinking at synagogue celebrations. Many synagogues now bar youngsters from drinking even wine – and with good cause. An 11-year-old boy was hospitalized recently in serious condition after drinking alcohol at his synagogue in Bnei Brak, according to The Times of Israel.

App designed by Ben Gurion University could be on Facebook soon.

'Joe The Plumber' In Hot Water Over Holocaust Reference

Samuel Wurzelbacher, who gained fame in 2008 as “Joe the Plumber” who posed a question to Barack Obama -- and is now running for Congress in Ohio --  is garnering unwanted attention for suggesting that Nazi gun control laws contributed to the Holocaust.

“In 1939, Germany established gun control,” a narrator says in a campaign video posted Monday for Wurzelbacher, who is seen shooting fruit and vegetables with a shotgun. “From 1939 to 1945, 6 million Jews and 7 million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.”

Members of Congress Call On Bolivia To Release Borough Park Man On Bail

The online petition drive to collect 25,000 signatures in a bid to secure White House intervention in behalf of Jacob Ostreicher, the Brooklyn man imprisoned in Bolivia nearly one year on suspicion of money laundering, has now collected more than 27,000 signatures.

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